Queens Park is a small suburb lying 6km east of the CBD in the Waverley Council Municipality. The area originally formed part of the Sydney Common and today is part of the historic Centennial Parklands – the city’s equivalent of London’s Hyde Park which was established to commemorate the centenary of European settlement in 1888 and are considered the ‘lungs’ of the ever growing city. In the early 1900s the park was used as a golf course before being turned into sports fields which today are among Sydney’s best kept pitches. An extensive park upgrade in 2009 saw the improvement of the children’s playground and the addition of a child-friendly cycle way which draws large numbers of families throughout the week.
The park is surrounded by houses on three sides and many on the eastern side date from the Victorian era with a number of grand heritage homes overlooking the park. Properties along the north and southern fringes are mainly Federation and many have been revitalised or developed.
Queens Park is popular with families and professionals due to its proximity to Bondi Junction’s retail hub and train station, a large number of first-rate schools and of course the eastern beaches. Although Queens Park is mainly residential, there are a couple of local cafés, a popular pizza joint and grocery stores for the daily essentials.